National Rifle Association board member and conservative columnist Ted Nugent claimed on a Florida radio station that the federal government shutdown could be resolved if the United States were “run like the Nugent household.”
He also suggested that a single person could do a better job than 5,000 federal employees and revived his previous claim that members of the military are committing suicide at a record rate because President Obama is “the enemy of the country.”
Asked how he would resolve the government shut down during his October 14 appearance on The Gater 98.7, Nugent said, “I celebrate that they’re shut down because Fedzilla is a bloated monster.”
Noting that his previous “threat” to run for president is “alive and well,” Nugent added, “I would love to see America run like the Nugent household. You get up early, you maximize your productivity, you be the best that you can be, you live within your means, you save for a rainy day and you don’t be some gluttonous, slovenly, criminal, wasteful paycheck fire-torching bastard like most of the people in politics today.”
This post originally appeared at NationalMemo.com.
This is typically followed in the ensuing days by Republicans bringing up the myth that mass shootings only happen in “gun-free zones” — which doesn’t quite work when the shooting occurs at the U.S. Navy Yard — and demanding that we talk about mental health!
What they don’t mention is that they oppose the few ways we can address mental health that might prevent future mass shootings.
The NRA has hit upon the selling point of all selling points to goose gun sales.
Jon Stewart opines: “These types of contradictions — they use fear, we use fear — are not an anomaly, not a bug in the NRA’s system, but a feature… At the heart of the NRA’s message is, ‘Don’t let liberals say it’s a dangerous world and scare you into gun control. Let us say it’s a dangerous world and scare you into a Gun-a-pa-looza!’”
The NRA warns the government is busy going after your guns; that any attempt to regulate firearms, including background checks is the first step towards tyranny. The NRA, and people like Glenn Beck, warn of the government - that the government is the enemy. In turn, you get the NRA praising law enforcement, which is directly reporting to (and is a part of) … wait for it… the government. It’s such a muddled message as to make your head hurt.
It’s not about public safety or reasonably differing over regulations on firearm ownership; the Supreme Court has ruled, including in Heller, that reasonable regulation is permissible. It’s that the NRA wants unfettered access and no restrictions on any firearms. They are using the language of extremists - because that’s what the NRA has become. They are extremists and out of touch with what most Americans want for firearms ownership and transfers (where 90% support universal background checks, but which the NRA and its backers/supporters in Congress take glee in noting that they killed).
Jon, take it away:
(If you can’t see the video, click below.)
And as a friendly reminder:
Oh, and about those universal background checks that the NRA now opposes with all of its clout. This is the same NRA that was supporting universal background checks and LaPierre testified before Congress urging passage of those checks in 1999.
Last February LGF author Coracle posted a Page that got quite a bit of notice, titled Zombie Night at the Shooting Range, an event featuring a realistic, “bleeding” target that looked an awful lot like a zombie version of Barack Obama.
Har de har.
At the time, we had a few people who doubted that this was really supposed to be an effigy of the President. Well, the manufacturer of this lovely item showed up at the NRA convention in Houston this weekend and removed all doubt.
In fact, it was so bleeding obvious that the NRA had a rare attack of scruples and asked Zombie Industries to remove it from their exhibit. Buzzfeed reports: National Rifle Association Bans Bleeding ‘Obama’ Target, Others Remain.
“Someone from the NRA came by and asked us to remove it” a Zombie Industries booth worker told BuzzFeed in hushed tones. “They thought it looked too much like President Obama.”
When asked if the Obama likeness was intentional the worker said, “Let’s just say I gave my Republican father one for Christmas.”
“They are just scared some liberal reporter will come by and start bitching” another booth worker said to men gathered around the booth. “But ya know, he does look very familiar.”
Zombie Night at the Shooting Range
Would you believe that the new president of the National Rifle Association, James Porter, is a right wing kook who thinks he’s on the front lines in a “culture war?”
HOUSTON (AP) — National Rifle Association members are fighting a “culture war” that stretches beyond gun rights, the organization’s incoming president said Friday.
First Vice President James Porter will take over the top job Monday. On Friday, he gave short speech to a grassroots organizing meeting at the powerful gun lobby’s national convention in Houston.
“This is not a battle about gun rights,” Porter said, calling it “a culture war.”
“(You) here in this room are the fighters for freedom. We are the protectors,” said Porter, whose father was NRA president from 1959-1960, according to the organization’s website.
And would you also believe that he’s a neo-Confederate who calls the Civil War the “War of Northern Aggression?”
The NRA was started, 1871, right here in New York state. It was started by some Yankee generals who didn’t like the way my southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call the “War of Northern Aggression.” Now, y’all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the War of Northern Aggression down south.
But that was the very reason that they started the National Rifle Association, was to teach and train the civilian in the use of the standard military firearm. And I am one who still feels very strongly that that is one of our most greatest charges that we can have today, is to train the civilian in the use of the standard military firearm, so that when they have to fight for their country they’re ready to do it. Also, when they’re ready to fight tyranny, they’re ready to do it. Also, when they’re ready to fight tyranny, they have the wherewithal and the weapons to do it.
Yes, the NRA is about to get even more extreme, if you can believe that. And I know you can. This good ol’ son of the Confederacy and his organization are in control of America’s insane gun policies.
Predictably, the right wing media freaked out at Jim Carrey’s “Cold Dead Hand” video lampooning the NRA and Charlton Heston. Fox News has devoted hours of airtime to attacking Carrey, and today he responded:
Since I released my “Cold Dead Hand” video on Funny or Die this week, I have watched Fux News rant, rave, bare its fangs and viciously slander me because of my stand against large magazines and assault rifles. I would take them to task legally if I felt they were worth my time or that anyone with a brain in their head could actually fall for such irresponsible buffoonery. That would gain them far too much attention which is all they really care about.
I’ll just say this: in my opinion Fux News is a last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams and should be emptied before it becomes a public health issue.
I sincerely believe that in time, good people will lose patience with the petty and poisonous behavior of these bullies and Fux News will be remembered as nothing more than a giant culture fart that no amount of Garlique could cure.
I wish them all the luck that accompanies such malevolence.